Ferrari just released the new F8 Tributo. Critics say it’s too much like the 488 GTB, but we’re of the mind that this is a meaningful step forward for the mid-engine, two-door Berlinetta in Ferrari’s lineup. The car looks absolutely stunning and the engine and aerodynamic improvements are nothing to ignore. The F8 Tributo is a force to be reckoned with, and there’s plenty to like about it. Here are five things that stand out.
1. The Turbo V8 Makes 710 hp
Ferrari went with a turbocharged V8 engine in the F8 Tributo, and we can’t blame them. The engine is a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 to be exact. It manages to punch out a whopping 710 hp and a super strong 568 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to be right on par with the competition from McLaren and Lamborghini.
2. 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 Seconds, 211 mph Top Speed
Speaking of being right on par with the competition, the F8 Tributo can make the 0-60 mph sprint in as little as 2.9 seconds. It can continue on in its run and hit 124 mph in just 7.8 seconds. The car’s top speed is 211 mph, and that’s right up there with the best from McLaren and Lamborghini.
3. It’s More Aerodynamic Than Ever
The F8 Tributo takes what former Ferrari mid-engine supercars have done in terms of aerodynamics and gone a bit further. The car is more aerodynamic than ever and features what Ferrari calls an “S-Duct” on the front of the car. This directs air over the front and forces the nose of the car down. It is supposed to increase downforce by 15 percent.
4. There’s a Louvered Lexan Engine Cover
This is a feature that comes straight out of the Ferrari history books. The legendary Ferrari F40 featured a similar engine cover, and the addition of this to the new F8 Tributo is a not so subtle head nod to that car. The louvered Lexan engine cover will likely go down as one of the key standout features of the F8 Tributo, and we can’t imagine anyone not loving the look. It lets you get a peek at the engine while still keeping the car’s sleek lines.
5. The Interior Has a Classic, Driver-Focused Appeal
Too often automakers try to really pack in the technology and features, and it makes the car look rather silly on the inside. When you look at the F8 Tributo’s interior you see a simple (by contrast) interior that’s extremely attractive. It’s all black, and the instruments inside the cabin are all driver-focused. It’s not a huge departure from the 488 GTB, and that’s fine.
Overall, the F8 Tributo is a killer car and a move forward for Ferrari. It’s a significant change from the 488 GTB while still utilizing much of what worked well in that car.